Ranking #8 singles, UK edition: 1996-1997

I want to mention the effect of Bjork’s Post had on college-aged me: it inspired my first college review, drove me to write about how music functioned in a way that synthesized what I’d learned from Edmund Wilson, Henry James, Susan Sontag, Elizabeth Hardwick, Ann Powers, Ellen Willis, and other writers whose books I checked out of the library and read on microfiche during this pre-Internet interzone. This applied to Primal Scream and Everything But the Girl, even Busta Rhymes and Blur to a lesser extent. These songs are alive and weird in ways we’re all weirdly alive and alively weird.

The Hague

The Smurfs – Our Christmas Wish

Meh

The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches
Backstreet Boys – I’ll Never Break Your Heart
Bellini – Samba de Janeiro
Robbie Williams – Lazy Days
Belinda Carlisle – Always Breaking My Heart
Shed Seven – Going for Gold

Sound, Solid

Pet Shop Boys – Se a vida é (That’s the Way Life Is)
The Course – Ain’t Nobody
Cast – Sandstorm
DJ Dado – X-Files
The Lightning Seeds – You Showed Me
Echo & the Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever
Mr.President – Coco Jamboo
Eternal – Good Thing
Blue Boy – Remember Me

Good to Great

Bjork – Hyperballad
Primal Scream – Kowalski
Everything But the Girl – Wrong
DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat
Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check
Suede – Beautiful Ones
Portishead – All Mine
B-Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J & Method Man – Hit’Em High
Sheryl Crow – A Change Would Do You Good
Radiohead – Karma Police
Rage Against the Machine – Bulls on Parade
The Beautiful South – Don’t Marry Her

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